Jessica Lessin in The Wall Street Journal:
Apple Inc. is experimenting with designs for a watch-like device that would perform some functions of a smartphone.
Yours truly, from the summer of 2012:
How many televisions can Apple sell to a world already overpopulated with dozens and dozes of manufacturers? It doesn’t matter. Apple’s next insanely great thing won’t be an Apple television. It’ll be a watch.
Details? The Wall Street Journal story backs up the headline by saying Apple is discussing the technology with manufacturing partners, and that Apple is exploring wearable devices.
Think about the possibilities. Phone calls could be originated from and sent to the Apple wrist watch. Music, TV shows, movies are a natural, of course, but I’m also thinking about Notification Center.
What better notification center could there be than your watch? It’s more ubiquitous than an iPhone and it’s not stuffed out of sight in your pocket or purse. It’s right there, on your hand, ready to use, always visible. Email, text messages, alarms and alerts could easily be routed from your iPhone, iPad, or Mac direct to your Apple watch.
Add Siri to the mix, and let the Apple watch act as your built-in microphone and speaker to communicate with Siri and your iPhone without touching the iPhone.
This is the kind of speculation that’s fun.